||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 104 (Feb)
|| EWCA Crim 3605
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Rose LJ, Forbes and Calvert-Smith JJ
||Adam Kane (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||Charles Ward-Jackson (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
||27 July 2005
Criminal law - Trial - Witnesses - Indecent assault - Competence of young witness - Whether judge erring in finding witness competent to give evidence - Guidance - , s 53(3).
In the instant case, the judge's ruling that a young complainant was competent to give evidence was correct, and he had applied the correct test. The court made some general observations as to the issue of competence of witnesses within the meaning of s53 of the .
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